Corrie & Lieutenant Rahms
Three prisoners walking in an abandoned prison in winter. Illustration painting from Deposit Photos.
While in a German prison camp Corrie TenBoom told her "jailer", Lieutenant Rahms, about the Bible. After a night without sleep, the man questioned Corrie again about 'her book'. "What else does it say there?"
Corrie began slowly, "It says that a Light has come into this world, so that we need no longer walk in the dark. Is there darkness in your life, Lieutenant?"
After a very long silence the Lieutenant admitted, "There is great darkness."
"Jesus is the Light the scripture shows to me, Lieutenant, said Corrie, smiling, "the Light that can shine even in such darkness as yours". The Lieutenant answered in such low a tone, Corrie had trouble hearing him . . "What can YOU know about a darkness like mine? The Hiding Place p. 173 Kindle
Is there light in your life? or only darkness?
THE LIGHT GOES TO CAPERNAUM.
Jesus - Synagogue ruins in Capernaum Israel from Deposit Photos
JESUS BEGINS TO PREACH
When Jesus heard that John (the Baptist) had been put in prison, He returned to Galilee. Leaving Nazareth, He went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali - to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:
Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way to the sea, along the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles -
the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of
death a light has dawned."
From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is near."
**Note Verse 12 states when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He returned to Galilee. Matthew does not tell what happened to John until chapter 14:3-12. There is a span of time not covered in Matthew between the temptation of Jesus and Jesus beginning to preach.
Matthew wrote his book topically rather than chronologically.
Do you think of 'b o r I n g' when you hear the word 'preach'?
The word in Greek is kerussein, which is the word of a herald's proclamation.
A herald had in his voice a note of certainty.
A herald had in his voice the note of authority.
The herald's message came from a source beyond himself - the voice of God transmitted through one man to the people. It was with the voice of God that Jesus spoke to men.
THE COUNTY FAIR
Our county fair is going on right now. I don't know if they have a 'fun house' this week, but they did when I was young. My husband at that time talked me into going inside. I didn't know they would turn off all the lights and it was pitch black. I held up my hand in front of my face but could not see it!
The same thing happened when part of our family went to the Ohio Caverns. When they turned off the light as proof of the darkness, again, I could not see my hand.
I was very glad both times that the light was turned back on. Why? I didn't know where to step / whether to move or not / what to say / who was beside me? / was my family still there? I really did not know what I was doing or going to do until the light came back on. It was scary.
That is what living without Jesus is like. The Lieutenant's life was so dark, he knew a woman like Corrie could not even fathom his darkness.
When Jesus said "Repent!"
He meant you are going the wrong way / turn around / your heart is going the wrong way / your mind goes the wrong way. Wake up. Your life is dark. Wake up - the Kingdom of heaven is here.
Is your life full of darkness? Admit you are a sinner and need Him. Pray for Him to take over your life. You will see the world in a different Light.